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Italy

Wolfsburg midfielder Daniel Caligiuri looking forward to dream Italy call-up

Daniel Caligiuri was on target against Dortmund at the weekend.

VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Daniel Caligiuri is looking forward to being part of the Italy squad for the first time.

Caligiuri, who came through the ranks of Freiburg's youth academy, has impressed in a Wolfsburg side that has booked a return to the Champions League next season.

He was born in Germany to an Italian father and a German mother, and has now made the preliminary squad for Italy's games against Croatia and Portugal next month.

"I am so happy, every footballer dreams of it," Caligiuri told...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Fiorentina's Giuseppe Rossi says he won't rush return from knee surgery

Giuseppe Rossi has not played since having knee surgery in September.

Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi says he will not rush his return from his latest knee surgery.

Rossi has been sidelined since undergoing a fourth operation on his troublesome right knee at the beginning of September.

On Thursday, the American-born forward said, "I have to respect all the timetables, without being in a hurry. We are working every day, we're nearly there, but I will return the day my knee tells me so.

"I really want to bring joy to the Fiorentina fans, because they deserve it.

"They've...

 By Ben Gladwell

Italy debut emotional for Empoli's Mirko Valdifiori

England captain Wayne Rooney and goalscorer Andros Townsend gave their verdict on Tuesday following their side's 1-1 draw with Italy in an international friendly in Turin.

Empoli midfielder Mirko Valdifiori admits he could not sleep due to excitement the night after he was marked by Wayne Rooney.

The 28-year-old made his Italy debut in Tuesday night's 1-1 friendly draw against England. Up against him for much of the night was Rooney playing in a deep role for the Three Lions -- a dream scenario for Valdifiori, even if it did mean that night he did not get to dream at all.

"It really was such a feeling to mark and be marked by someone like Rooney," he said at a news...

Italy coach Conte seeks hearing in match-fixing inquiry

Italy coach Antonio Conte is seeking a hearing before prosecutors in a match-fixing probe.

ROME -- Italy coach Antonio Conte is seeking a hearing before prosecutors in Cremona investigating him for match-fixing.

Lawyers for the Italian football federation made the request recently, prosecutor Roberto Di Martino said Thursday.

"It's normal. A lot of people under investigation have asked for hearings," Di Martino told The Associated Press. "Now we just need to figure...